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Russians go to polls after summer of protests

Russians voted Sunday in local elections after weeks of opposition protests in Moscow that led to the biggest police crackdown on dissent in nearly a decade.
In this file photo taken on June 29, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the sidelines of the G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan. YURI KADOBNOV - AFP - POOL

Turkey, Russia forge closer ties after major rupture

Ankara and Moscow have forged closer cooperation after overcoming a major rupture in 2015 following the downing of a Russian fighter jet.
Euro 2020

UEFA unveils ‘fans first’ Euro 2020 ticket policy

A ‘fans first’ policy at next year’s Euro 2020 football tournament will make more affordable tickets available than at previous editions, a UEFA official said Sunday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with his Estonian counterpart Kersti Kaljulaid at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 18, 2019. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV - POOL - AFP)

Estonia president holds first meeting with Vladimir Putin in years

Estonia’s president met Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin here Thursday for talks on trade and global relations, during the first such Russian visit in eight years.

Shoulder pain forces Maria Sharapova out of St Petersburg

Maria Sharapova’s ongoing right shoulder problems led her to pull out of the Saint Petersburg tournament, the organisers said on Wednesday.
Russia’s Maria Sharapova reacts after a point against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson during their women’s singles match on day three of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne early January 17, 2019. (Photo by Paul Crock - AFP) -

Maria Sharapova off to winning start at Saint Petersburg

Russian star Maria Sharapova made a victorious debut at the WTA Saint Petersburg indoor tournament, beating Daria Gavrilova of Australia in straight sets on Monday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin lays flowers at Piskaryovskoye Memorial Cemetery in St Petersburg as part of commemorations marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the World War II Nazi siege of Leningrad on January 27, 2019. Tanks and air defence missile systems rolled through the heart of Saint Petersburg on January 27 as the city formerly known as Leningrad marked the 75th anniversary of the end of a World War II siege that claimed more than 800,000 lives. Vladimir Putin’s older brother died in childhood during the devastating siege and is buried in a mass grave at Piskaryovskoe cemetery. The Russian leader’s mother nearly succumbed to hunger, while his father fought in the war and was wounded near Leningrad. Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / Sputnik / AFP

Vladimir Putin praises ‘unbroken’ Leningrad on anniversary of wartime siege

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday praised Saint Petersburg’s “unbroken” spirit as Russia marked the 75th anniversary of the end of the World War II siege of Leningrad, which claimed more than 800,000 lives.
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Bulgaria extradites Russian hacker to US

Bulgaria has extradited a Russian indicted by a US court for mounting a complex hacking scheme to the United States, the Russian embassy in Washington said on Saturday.
UEFA Aleksander Čeferin

Euro 2020 draw offers unique incentive for 12 host nations

UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has heralded the kick-off of #EURO2020 – "the pinnacle of the European national team football calendar" – with the qualifying round draw in Dublin.
France's defender Samuel Umtiti (top) heads the ball to score the opening goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final football match between France and Belgium at the Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg on July 10, 2018. CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP

All you need to know about the Euro 2020 qualifying draw

A unique European Championships in 2020 that will be hosted in 12 cities across the continent will begin to take shape when the qualifying draw takes place in Dublin on Sunday at 1100GMT.
Sergei Ryabkov

Russia warns US it is ‘playing with fire’ with sanctions

Moscow said Friday Washington's latest raft of anti-Russian sanctions that also target China undermined global stability, warning the United States against "playing with fire."
(FILES) In this file photograph taken on September 9, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) speaks with Moscow's Mayor Sergei Sobyanin during a visit to Zaryadye Park in Moscow.Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin has overseen progressive mega projects that have drastically changed the face of Europe's largest city, but his critics accuse him of stifling opposition. A loyalist close to President Vladimir Putin, Sobyanin became Mayor of Moscow in 2010, when he replaced Yury Luzhkov who fell out with the Kremlin. / AFP PHOTO / SPUTNIK / Alexei DRUZHININ

Vladimir Putin’s ally re-elected Moscow mayor amid pension protests

Russian President Vladimir Putin's close ally has been overwhelmingly re-elected Moscow's mayor, election officials said on Monday, following a poll overshadowed by protests over a pension reform.
A handout picture taken on Fisherton Road in Salisbury shows Alexander Petrov (R) and Ruslan Boshirov. Metropolitan

Russians in UK spy poisoning posed as businessmen

Two Russians accused by London of trying to kill a former double agent with nerve agent posed as businessmen to obtain visas to visit Britain for the attack, a report said Friday.
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Katsina United chairman Kurfi demands Shehu Dikko give way as LMC boss

Katsina United chairman Aminu Balele Kurfi has said he expects a top official of the 20 NPFL clubs to replace Shehu Dikko as chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) and NFF 2nd vice-president.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (AFP Photo - Getty Images - Win McNamee)

Facebook uncovers political influence campaign ahead of midterms

Facebook said Tuesday it shut down 32 fake pages and accounts involved in an apparent "coordinated" effort to stoke hot-button issues ahead of November midterm US elections, but could not identify the source although Russia is suspected of involvement.
Victor Moses

Victor Moses pleased to be back in Chelsea action after World Cup break

Victor Moses is pleased to have rejoined his Chelsea teammates for pre-season after featuring at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Referee Nestor Pitana

Dermot Gallagher: France penalty decision against Croatia wrong

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says the decision to give France a penalty against Croatia in Sunday's World Cup final in Moscow was "100 per cent" wrong.
Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe

World Cup: Luka Modric, Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane, Antoine Griezmann scoop FIFA-Adidas awards

The French team were not the only winners of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as the curtains were drawn on Sunday in Moscow. Other winners included Luka Modric, the magical midfielder for runners up, Croatia.

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The Lagos Police Command has arrested seven persons suspected to be cult members in Itire area of the state.

Police arrest 7 suspected cult members in Lagos

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Bus crash kills 25, after brakes fail

A bus crash on a mountainous road in northwest Pakistan Sunday killed 25 passengers and injured 20 others, police said.

Two killed, soldiers shot by ‘cattle rustlers’ in Adamawa

Suspected cattle rustlers have killed two persons during an early morning attack on Shaforo and Kudumti communities of Numan Local Government Area of Adamawa State.

Flavour, Phyno give tips for success in Nigerian music industry

Popular Nigerian artistes at the Zenith Bank aspire music festival on Saturday night emphasised the need for originality among young and aspiring musicians.
The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) has pledged to collaborate with the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) to find practical solutions to insecurity confronting the country.

Boko Haram: Group tasks Army to partner with EFCC, ICPC to probe certain NGOs

The Public Accountability Network (PAN) has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as well as the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) to investigate the activities of certain Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) covertly undermining the country’s fight against terror.